Ah, it’s been a lovely story, hasn´t it? From when I first became a pixie, blogged seven ways to style it, wrote about the pros and cons of the hairstyle, tried to give advice for people who consider getting one, and finally styled it five more ways. I fancy a change again, though, so I’m going to let it grow longer again. So many of the arguments against getting a pixie are something akin to “but what about when you want to grow it out? Growing out a pixie is *insert doomsday expression here*“. The Internet isn’t always helpful, either. Many blog posts out there seem to agree with the doomsday scenario, giving the impression that you need to live under a hat/headscarf for six months to look like a human being and not a vile creature resembling a 90’s boy band lead singer. This extremely popular pin is often given the description “how to grow out a pixie”, when only the first two illustrations show something resembling a pixie (after that, it’s a bob, or long hair, if you ask me).
Fear not, though! Growing it out doesn’t have to be such a daunting journey – although an adventurous spirit certainly will help. Christina from Hair Romance has a blog post that shows pictures from the pixie stage, though that actual “awkward phase”, to a short bob. Rachel at XOVain has written “A Comprehensive Guide To Growing Out Your Pixie Cut, From Someone Who’s Done It Thrice“, which is brilliant and entertaining to read (she was also the inspiration for me wearing red lipstick in this post). What most of us soon-not-to-be-pixies seem to agree upon, is that it’s a good idea to have a plan of some sort, so you won’t be tempted to chop it all off after three consecutive mornings shrieking in front of the mirror. Here’s mine:
Let’s start with the goals: what I want to end up with, as you can see, is a blunt bob, where all the hair is mostly the same length. No bangs/fringe, because I want to do that vintage-looking wave in picture 11. You don’t have to want the same end result as me, of course, but I think it’s smart to consider it in the early growing-out stages; knowing that I don’t want bangs/a fringe, for instance, means I’ll have to start saving it from the very beginning, so my bangs/fringe area will be “finished” at the same time as the rest of my hair.
I made the decision to “grow it out prettily“, as some have named it when you try to create an actual hairstyle even in those more awkward phases, instead of letting everything grow all at once to create as much length as possible as quickly as possible. For me, this means keeping the neck area short and tidy, and keep trimming that area (well, keep asking my sister Cookie to trim it <3), while waiting for the top layers to catch up with the bottom ones. Hairstyle nr. 3 is therefore slightly misleading, as she’s got those longer bits towards the neck, but the rest of her hair was so representative I decided to include it anyway. Number 5 also has something going on back there, but I won’t be doing that. Hairstyles 4, 5, 6 and 7 might look almost identical. How I see it, the difference lies mostly in the length of the top layers, and how the “bottom edge” isn’t allowed past the super-short-bob-length until the top layers have caught up, and then it all gets longer together.
One thing that can make a big difference when growing it out, is how you work with your hair’s texture. I’m pretty lucky, I guess, because I can choose to either play up my kinks/waves (like in the pictures to the right, above), or I can make it go super-straight without much effort. I go for the curly option if I’ve got enough time to coax them out, and I know the weather is on my side (rain and/or strong wind kills most of my natural texture). Curls (either natural or styled, or a combination) are also great because they make the hair appear shorter, so you can look like you’ve got “short hair” for quite some time while still growing it out.
If I need to get ready in a hurry, or want to feel more grown-up/professional/strict, I create a deep side part, then slick it down with gel, rather like hairstyle 4, or “The Audrey no 2“. Most people go for the messy-and-random look when growing it out, but as you can see, most of the pictures in my plan are sleek and straight. This is partially because I rather like the hair taking “second place” to my face (this was one of the reasons I loved the pixie so much), and also because I don’t want to look like I did when I was around 14-15 years old. I’m afraid I don’t have any pictures of it available right now, but it looked like a mix of this and this. Absolutely no offense to those of you who like hair like that, it just doesn’t match my own taste at the moment.
So, there you have it. I’ll write a blog post about how it went once I reach the definitely-bob-stage, but for now, that’s the end of the pixie posts. To balance out all those hair-related blog posts I’ve written the past year, I want to blog more about clothes, colour and body image for a while now. Any requests?